Hammer REVIEW: A rollercoaster of events and lessons learnt at Hammer LimburgMon 10 Jun 2019
The second Hammer Series race of the 2019 season, Hammer Limburg, was a rollercoast of events for Mitchelton-SCOTT, with highs and lows and plenty of lessons learnt.
The team displayed their great motivation and commitment and worked to turn things around taking victory on the final day after a disappointing start to the three-day event.
Hammer Climb - Caught out and on the back-foot
The Hammer Climb was a great example of the aggressive nature of the Hammer Series racing, with Mitchelton-SCOTT falling victim to a breakaway which swept up all the points, lap after lap, leaving the team completely on the back-foot.
In an unusual and unexpected way, a group jumped off the front in the early stages of the event, and managed to stay away for the entire race. Mitchelton-SCOTT missed the move and therefore missed out on the opportunity to score any points as the race literally rode away from them.
Trying and trying, the team worked to bridge across or bring things back together, but with almost all teams represented at the front of the race, things weren’t on the teams side. They finished the day in 14th position but were filled with motivation to turn the tables the next day.
Hammer Sprint - On the offensive
Mitchelton-SCOTT took no chances of missing out on taking points and went on the attack on the second-day. Straightaway in the first lap, Hammer Captain Cameron Meyer went into a breakaway move to ensure he collected points early on.
The day continued that way with the team successfully scoring points on eight out of nine-laps with the team successfully finishing the Hammer Sprint in fifth place overall in the standings.
Hammer Chase - Redemption
With a team well suited to the time trial event, the Australian outfit went all out in an attempt to win the Hammer Chase event. Knowing the overall Hammer Limburg title was out of reach after starting the day in the runner-up group, the squad had nothing to lose and put left everything out on the road.
After some misfortune in Hammer Stavanger, when Alex Edmondson suffered a mechanical, the team had extra motivation to put things right and prove they are one of the strongest teams when it comes to the TTT discipline and did so with a convincing win in the Hammer Chase.
After two of the three Hammer Series rounds, it is the Dutch Team Jumbo-Visma who sit at the top of the Hammer Series leaderboard with Mitchelton-SCOTT in sixth place.
Another main rival is Deceuninck-Quickstep who showed great domination in Hammer Limburg, winning the Hammer Climb and Hammer Sprint events and finishing strongly in the Hammer Chase.
With one round to go in Hong Kong, Mitchelton-SCOTT are looking to move up the leaderboard, and will fight until the final moments as the 2018 Hammer Series champions.
Cameron Meyer - Hammer Captain
"We are really happy to finish the Hammer Limburg with a win in the Chase. We had a near perfect ride, it was super smooth and everyone played there role at keeping the speed really high which resulting in a great TTT.
"I am proud of the team in how we bounced back after the first day. Unfortunately we didn’t have a great day on the Climb but we turned that around with an aggressive day-two in the Hammer Sprint and then again with a win in the Hammer Chase.
"It's always hard racing and to win the overall event, you need to have three good days but that’s racing and we will learn and be happy in the way we responded each day with a better result.
"The Hammer Series racing is fast and exciting and is becoming more important each year. The concept is different but it’s growing and getting a better understanding and the riders take it very seriously when competing in these races which makes it really exciting and tough.
"We look forward to the final of the Hammer Series in Hong Kong later in the year."
Next up: Hammer Hong Kong - 13th October 2019